Ames Hawkins - Columbia College Chicago

Ames Hawkins



Ames Hawkins (they/them) is transgenre writer and author of the award-winning work of literary nonfiction, These are Love(d) Letters. Named as one of the Chicago Guild Literary Complex’s 30 Writers to Watch, their work appears in many edited volumes, as well as across a range of scholarly and literary publications such as QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Sydney Book Review, Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Pre/Text, Constellations, Palaver Journal, enculturation, Slag Glass City, The Feminist WireThe Rumpus, and Water~Stone Review. As an art activist, Hawkins has been an invited curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and has exhibited work at the University of Buffalo. A Professor of English and Creative Writing, they teach courses in queer literature, creative nonfiction, and cultural studies, as well as Big Chicago and Creative Communities courses. Hawkins is also a multimodal composer and in 2015-16 they co-hosted and co-produced the podcast Masters of Text (

Instructional Areas

Socially Engaged Practice, Queer/Trans Studies, Cultural Theories, Creative/Literary Nonfiction, Writing and Rhetoric

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Creative-Critical Scholarship, Multimodal Composing, Art Activism, Collaboration, Letter Writing/Epistolary Forms, Transgenre Writing/Queer Writing/Transpoetics, Cultural Rhetorics


B.A., American Culture University of Michigan 1990
M.A., Popular Culture Bowling Green State University 1992
Ph.D., English Wayne State University 2001